Beast by Matt Wesolowski | @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks | #recommended

Author : Matt Wesolowski
Title : Beast
Series : Six Stories #4
Pages : 242
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : February 6, 2020


In the wake of the “Beast from the East” cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger Elizabeth Barton had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as “The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged “cult,” were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a “prank gone wrong.” However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses—people who knew both the victim and the three killers—to peer beneath the surface of the case.


Goodness gracious me. What do they put in Matt Wesolowski’s food?!

Another year, another episode in the absolutely brilliant Six Stories series. If you’re not reading this series, I’m judging you like you wouldn’t believe. And if this fourth book in the series doesn’t get under your skin and make you think about the truly warped-up world we live in these days, there is something really wrong with you.

Scott King, our not-so-much-elusive-anymore online podcaster, travels to the, quite frankly, utterly miserable town or Ergarth to delve in to the case of Elizabeth Barton’s death. Elizabeth was twenty-four years old and a successful and popular vlogger when she was found murdered inside, what locals refer to as, The Vampire Tower. Three young men were found guilty of her murder. The “who” seems to have been solved, but what about the “why”?

Murder, a vampire legend and a young dead woman at the centre of it all. It has all the ingredients of a gripping thriller right there, doesn’t it? But there is so much more to it than meets the eye. Beast is a story of hidden truths, of secrets, of labels and masks and more than anything, of the most horrific manipulation and Matt Wesolowski once again manages to prove that the monsters we all fear are sadly very much real. It brings to the fore the power some people are able to exert over others, the power of social media and the growing dangers of modern society’s almost unhealthy obsession with “likes” and “followers”, while all the while showing that most people will only see what they want to see.

Obviously I don’t want to give anything away but there is something to be said for an author who somehow makes a reader feel compassion for those who at first glance don’t seem to deserve it. Beast is immensely compelling and a true page-turner with each of the six stories and points-of-view giving the reader an opportunity to try and figure out for themselves what went on in the tower that night and why. I had a bit of an inkling but the truth ended up being far more devastating than I could ever have imagined and at the end of this thrilling ride, what I was left with the most, was this overwhelming feeling of sadness.

This is one of those series that just keeps getting better and better. With impeccable writing, believable characters and folklore combined with a modern scenario, there is so much to love about Beast. Dark, disturbing and thought-provoking, Beast is an impressive addition to the series; a must-read like its predecessors, and you’d better believe you’ll be seeing this book on my list of “books of the year” in December. Just outstanding! Way to kick off my year in style, Mr. Wesolowski. I can’t wait for more!

My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my fabulous review copy!

Beast is available to buy in ebook format. The UK paperback will be published in February.

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  20 comments for “Beast by Matt Wesolowski | @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks | #recommended

  1. January 10, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Fab review Eva! After reading your review I’m even more excited to read Beast! xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 14, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Whoop, whoop! Hope you like it as much as I did! And you’ll finally be reading in the right order too 🤣

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 14, 2020 at 2:45 pm

        I know! 🙈🤣 I like to be different 😜😂


  2. January 10, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I can’t wait to read this! Payday needs to hurry up lol x

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 10, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I finished it the other day. It’s brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 14, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Isn’t it?! So glad you enjoyed it too. Such an amazing series.


  4. January 10, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Fantastic review! I feel your judgement!! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. January 10, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Brilliant review Eva! This decides what will be my next read!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. January 12, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Extraordinary review! ‘Goodness gracious me. What do they put in Matt Wesolowski’s food?! => Imagine me laughing so hard I fell from my chair!!!! xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 14, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Imagine me laughing when Matt quoted that on Twitter and actually told me what he had for breakfast 😂


  7. January 12, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    So nice of you that you don’t judge people or anything 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Yvo
    January 14, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Oohhhh I’m definitely going to put everything on hold as soon as my blog tour copy arrives in my inbox! After being blown away by the first three books, I have no doubt this one will be brilliant too. And you had me laughing out loud with that ‘what do they put in his food’ comment. xD Fab review! xx


  9. January 16, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Ugh, believe me, I am judging myself so hard for not having kept up with these books… I LOVED the first one and reviews of every subsequent book since has been glowing from – well – every reader so I need to rectify my huge mistake and get back on the Wesolowski wagon! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 16, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      I will let you off the hook since you are obviously aware of the error of your ways 😄. Hope you find the time to get caught up soon, Liz!

      Liked by 1 person

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